When you first hear MRSA in Stool, chills might run down your back in disgust. It isn’t the most appealing thing to talk about but it is still a life threatening concern. In people and animals, this infection can colonize in their digestive systems, which leads to it being in the stool. This normally happens when the bacterium has spread from another area. Because MRSA is not limited to one body area, after entering your system it can spread (MRSA In Organs).
Possible ways for MRSA to get in stool are when an opening near the anal area, which can be caused by surgery (During surgery or any medical procedure near your anal area can cause this bacterium to get into the stool), an injury, a spider bit, or a bug bit.
Another disgusting thought and you might be wondering who would actually handle stool. But if you really think about it so many different people handle stool. Parents, medical staff, animal handlers, waste management, caregivers and so many others are handling stool almost every day. If you do handle stool, make sure you handle it with safety.
Precautions While Handling Stool
When handling stool the following are basic precautions everyone should use:
- Handle with gloves
- Use tools (scoopers) so touching it isn’t necessary
- Cover open wounds
- Protect eyes, mouth, and nose
After handling and removing the stool, which might have MRSA, cleaning everything is necessary. You should wash hands, surfaces, bedding, clothing anything and everything that might be contaminated.
Colonization in the Digestive Systems
Colonization simply means that the MRSA bacterium is present however it is in a passive state, causing no symptoms. When this staph infection has colonized in the digestive systems, the chances of it to spread to the stool is very high putting everyone who handles it at risk of contracting this infection. With this in mind, it just increases the need for everyone to follow precautions while handling stool.
MRSA in Animal Stool
Family animals, livestock, and other animals can have the MRSA bacterium colonized in the digestive system with no evidential symptoms, making the presence of the bacterium in the stool possible (Dogs and MRSA – What You Should Know!). With it not showing any symptoms, making it very difficult to distinguish if MRSA is present in the stool so following common precautions at all times is the unsurpassed practice for prevention while handling animal stool.
Better safe than sorry! If you suspect that MRSA is present in the stool, take that extra step and be extra careful and follow precautions. You might even want to take a sample and get it tested to see if the bacterium is present. Remember – MRSA infected stool looks the same as non-infected stool.